About the TBC
Vision + Core Values
The VISION of the Toronto Birth Centre is:
To build a space where pregnant people, families and communities can access culturally safe birthing care.
The PURPOSE of the Toronto Birth Centre is:
To achieve optimal health and wellness for the whole community through culturally centered care, education and research that supports the practice of Aboriginal midwifery in its fullest scope, both culturally and professionally.
The CORE VALUES of the Toronto Birth Centre are:
SELF DETERMINATION, EQUITY, DIGNITY and JUSTICE
Self Determination – All persons involved with the birth centre are recognized as doing so of their own free will. We acknowledge and remember we are all responsible to ourselves, to our families and to our community.
Equity – The birth centre is committed to establishing policy, procedure and guidelines that promote equity among all peoples.
Dignity – We aim to conduct all our relationships and interactions with the utmost dignity. This includes acting in a manner that builds trust, creating an environment free of judgment, being honest and direct in all our dealings, acknowledging power differentials, and being open to discussion.
Justice – We work to create an environment and practice that resists false narratives of history, society and health while actively addressing health disparities both in voice and in action.
The Toronto Birth Centre is founded within an INDIGENOUS FRAMEWORK, which informs all aspects of the program. These include nurturing healthy and reciprocal partnerships, integrating opportunities for leadership and capacity building into general operations, establishing clear roles and responsibilities for all peoples involved, and building this on a foundation of strong policies and protocols.
The integration of realistic ITAPISINOWIN, or Indigenous worldviews, into midwifery and reproductive care services ensures they are grounded in the diverse socio-cultural contexts and beliefs, values, skills, and knowledge of First Nations, Indian, Indigenous, Inuit, and Métis individuals and communities. The birth centre and the coalition supporting it are committed to ensuring the cultural integrity of this centre by supporting a majority Indigenous representation and administration within the governing structure. Governance is based on an Indigenous framework that includes the tenets of:
- Promote the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as enshrined in the Canadian Constitution
- Ontario Human Rights Code
- the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous teachings on our collective roles and responsibilities, including our right to practice Aboriginal/Indigenous midwifery fully in the ways of our ancestors (scope), and support for working with Aboriginal midwives practicing under the exemption clause
- Acknowledging our histories and the legacy of colonization
- Respect for the sacredness of life, kinship relationships, the interconnectedness of creation; and, our roles and responsibilities to the natural world.
Staff and Governance
View our full list of TBC staff, board of directors, quality advisory committee, midwives council and community council.